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2016 BMW M235

$27,259 — $40,643 USED
Coupe
4 Seats
23-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • None of the prior 1 Series' awkward lines
  • Snug cabin still accommodates taller people
  • Excellent handling and balance
  • Decent trunk room

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Lack of expected standard features
  • Small dashboard screen (non-navigation models)
2016 BMW M235 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 BMW M235
  • Offered in 228i or M235i form, both with turbo engines
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Coupe or convertible

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The BMW 2 Series is the company's entry-level car. It is a sporty two-door coupe or convertible with seating for four. It's available in two models: 228i and M235i. The 228i has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the M235i is motivated by a 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Competitors include the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.
New for 2016
Sport Line content and an anti-theft alarm system are now standard on all 2 Series convertible models. Sport Line features include sport seats, a sport version of BMW's signature kidney grille, high-gloss black accents and a sport instrument cluster. A new Luxury Package is available for the convertible that features more chrome exterior trim.
Significant Standard Features

  • Fog lights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • iDrive multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Lane departure warning
  • Navigation system
  • Harmon Kardon audio system
  • Self-parking system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Power moonroof
Vehicle Overview

The BMW 2 Series is the company's entry-level car. It is a sporty two-door coupe or convertible with seating for four. It's available in two models: 228i and M235i. The 228i has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the M235i is motivated by a 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Competitors include the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.
New for 2016
Sport Line content and an anti-theft alarm system are now standard on all 2 Series convertible models. Sport Line features include sport seats, a sport version of BMW's signature kidney grille, high-gloss black accents and a sport instrument cluster. A new Luxury Package is available for the convertible that features more chrome exterior trim.
Significant Standard Features

  • Fog lights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • iDrive multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Lane departure warning
  • Navigation system
  • Harmon Kardon audio system
  • Self-parking system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Power moonroof

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
13 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

My new to me

by maccsco from Charlotte, NC on September 20, 2018

I was looking for a fun to drive, yet comfortable enough to take on a road trip rwd car with a back seat for the dogs that could still be found with a manual transmission. I test drove a lot of cars, ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best handling car I have owned

by MikeJ from Atlanta AG on June 21, 2018

Very comfortable and extremely sporty convertible daily driver, with an awesome sport exhaust for the enthusiast. Handles like a dream and accelerates much quicker than expected or the published specs... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 BMW M235 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 BMW M235 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M235 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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